Two of the most popular music festivals of the year are upon us. The largest is Historic Athens Porchfest on Sunday, Oct. 15, featuring 201(!) musical acts spread across porches in seven in-town historic neighborhoods. Stroll around all afternoon and evening and catch a sample of some of the best local musicians between 12 noon and 8 p.m. Go to historicathens.com/porchfest to see a map, list of musicians and their type of music. Then, you’ll know who you want to hear more of at a local nightspot. It’s free.
On Saturday, Oct. 7, the 38th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. and runs to 9 p.m. at Sandy Creek Park. The day-long program will showcase musicians and arts and crafts from North Georgia and the surrounding area. Admission is $15 for adults and free for kids. There’s food and kids’ activities; be sure to bring chairs or blankets. Go to athensfolk.org for more information.
From classical music to mariachi, roots to jazz, dance to vocal, the UGA Performing Arts Center has something you will enjoy this season. Thirty-six guest artists from the U.S. and at least 12 different countries will take the stage in the PAC’s state-of-the-art facilities in Hodgson Hall. See the whole season at pac.uga.edu.
And for the best bargain in town, check out the line-up at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music (music.uga.edu). They have new ways to subscribe from pick six/pick twelve to a complete season or series. Programs include ensembles, faculty artists, opera, orchestras, and choruses.
And finally, The Classic Center has three fall shows coming up in their Broadway Entertainment Series: Johnny Cash: The Official Concert Experience; Pretty Woman; and Mean Girls. For ticket information, go to classiccenter.com.